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  • More than 70 Israeli academics signed a petition condemning the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2014 | 8:20 am

    On July 24th, more than 70 Israeli academics signed a petition condemning the Israel Defense Forces actions in Gaza. According to their statement: “The signatories to this statement, all academics at Israeli universities, wish it to be known that they utterly deplore the aggressive...

  • The film projectionist you wish you knew

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 7, 2013 | 3:12 pm

    The most famous man in Hollywood whom you’ve probably never heard of is 97-year-old Charles Aidikoff.

    For nearly 50 years, Aidikoff has been operating a private screening room where filmmakers, Academy members and even studios can show their work to small, invitation-only...

  • The lessons of the Beren accommodation

    March 15, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    On the morning of Feb. 28, 2012, Alyza Lewin of the law firm Lewin & Lewin invited me to participate in a conference call to discuss a burgeoning controversy involving the basketball team of the Robert M. Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish School in Houston, Texas.  Alyza and her...

  • Halftime at the University of Iran?

    By Jay Firestone

    November 10, 2011 | 10:34 am

    I couldn’t help but think of my college years at Camp Randall, watching the Wisconsin Badgers totally demolish some unknown Midwestern school, like Akron or Western Illinois.  Of course, the Ayatollah is no Barry Alvarez or Bret Bielema

    I wonder what they’ll play…‘Twist and Shout’ or ‘Swing Town’?

    Members of the Iranian army land force academy perform during a graduation ceremony in Tehran on Nov. 10. Photo by REUTERS/Khamenei.ir/Handout

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  • My evening at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honoring “Hot in Cleveland”

    By Julia Bendis

    March 31, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Last night I was at the Academy of Television’s event honoring the TV sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’.  They often have these events for up and coming shows, mainly as a panel Q and A and a celebrity host/moderator.  This time it was the legendary Larry King moderating, asking questions...

  • Historian charts L.A. reform academy’s future

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 8, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    When he took over as dean of the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in July 2010, Josh Holo, already a professor at the college, brought with him a few photographs of 11th-century letters to hang on the wall behind his desk. Among the...

  • Mock trial team wins merely by competing

    May 12, 2009 | 6:20 pm

    The record book will say that the Maimonides School finished 20th out of 40 teams at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Atlanta, winning two trials and losing two.

    But that doesn’t include the team’s huge victory even before last weekend’s competition had started...

  • Ethics Plan Would Raise Sanctity of Business

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    March 18, 2009 | 6:02 pm

    An observant Jew was once brought before the judge on counts of tax fraud. Seeing the kippah-wearing Jew before him, the judge innocently asked, “Mr. Schwartz, you are clearly a God-fearing man. How do you explain your immoral behavior?”

    Not missing a beat, Mr. Schwartz pointed...

  • Academy for Adult Jewish Studies to Open

    By Journal Staff

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A pilot academy that would give adult students in Orange County certificates of graduation for completing three years of Jewish study expects to accept its first students in September.

    The Orange County Academy of Jewish Growth and Learning received funding approval for half its...

  • Giving Adult Students Credit They Deserve

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A group of local Jewish educators are seeking funding to start a novel adult-education academy that would grant a certificate of recognition to students who complete its requirements over three years.

    The Orange County Academy of Jewish Growth and Learning is envisioned as a way to...

  • Shalom Leases

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    An announcement last week by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that it will not renew leases for its West San Fernando Valley properties will have an impact on two Jewish institutions: Kadima Hebrew Academy and the Rabbi Max D. Raiskin West Valley Hebrew Academy.

    ...

  • No Guests Allowed

    By Mike Levy

    September 6, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Three little words.

    That's what makes the difference between a religious school and a synagogue, as recently defined by the Los Angeles Central Area Planning Commission.

    The five-member Planning Commission, responsible for zoning decisions in Hollywood, Hancock Park and other...

  • Celebrating Israel’s50th

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The peace process is stalled, pluralism issues remain unresolved and the Netanyahu government is in turmoil. But organizers of a major, star-studded 50th anniversary tribute to Israel later this year are focusing their attention on celebration, not contention. Indeed, a rare...
  • Gearing Up for 50

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The peace process is stalled, pluralism issues remain unresolved and the Netanyahu government is in turmoil. But organizers of a major, star-studded 50th anniversary tribute to Israel later this year are focusing their attention on celebration, not contention. Indeed, a rare...
  • Spectator

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Paying Tribute to Israeli Films

    By Tom Tugend,

    Contributing Editor

    Yoram Ben Ze'ev, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, left,and Meir Fenigstein, festival founder/director.

    The 14th annual Israel Film Festival formally raised the curtainlast week on its two-week program of 50...

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